Dallas is coming off an extremely disappointing season that saw them finish 38-44, not even good enough to qualify for the play-in tournament. Aside from handing Irving a three-year extension worth $126 million, it has been a mostly quiet offseason for the Mavericks.
At Fadeaway World, Lee Tran proposed a blockbuster trade idea that has Dallas landing All-Star Brandon Ingram from the Southeast Division rival New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Christian Wood (he has since signed with the Los Angeles Lakers), rookies Olivier-Maxence Prosper and Dereck Lively II, veteran Richaun Holmes and a 2027 first-round pick:
“Right now is the right time for the Mavericks to make a consolidation trade, as they have a good number of young players as well as tradeable contracts.
This trade would clearly give the Mavericks a championship window, albeit a relatively short one, as they are only guaranteed two seasons with this core. However, if they can sign Ingram to an extension, and agree to new terms with Kyrie Irving in the future, then they will be in good shape. This trade definitely makes sense from a basketball standpoint from the Mavericks, and perhaps Brandon Ingram is the missing piece for the team.”
With Wood now a Laker, the Mavericks would surely have to up their offer to land a player of Ingram’s caliber. But without a doubt, Ingram would instantly boost the Mavs’ chances of winning a championship with Doncic and Irving.
Tran’s trade proposal also makes sense for the Pelicans. They already have Zion Williamson and C.J. McCollum to build around, but getting several young assets for Ingram would be a wise move in the long term for a team that’s still several pieces away from contending.
The 26-year-old Ingram averaged 24.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in 45 contests last season. The former and latter numbers were career bests for Ingram.
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